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Netizens demand stern action against “RTI activist” for character assassination of a medical officer

Baramulla, Dec 27: A day after an ‘RTI activist’ from Baramulla in a video message leveled serious allegations against a health care Officer, netizens are demanding stern action against the said activist.

Earlier, ‘RTI activist’ Siraj Din Salam from Baramulla leveled allegations of fraud, corruption and other charges against the medical officer in a video message posted on facebook. The video is doing rounds on social media. However, a large section of the people using social media platforms have asked for strict actions against the ‘activist’ for character assassination and naming the doctor in his video posted on social media platform Facebook.

A social activist Meer Manzoor wrote on Facebook, “Dissent is required, but it does not grant an unfettered right to damage a reputation. Freedom of expression is a highly treasured value under the Constitution but then reputation of one cannot be allowed to be crucified at the altar of the other’s right of free speech.”

He further added that freedom of speech is important but it cannot be used to ruin the image of a person.

“Defamation is a criminal offence,” another nitizen wrote.

Some netizens expressed: “Nowadays it has become a trend to demonize people, professionals and respectable people on social media campaigns with law maintaining agencies taking no serious actions against such self claimed ‘social activists’.”

A doctor by profession in a long post on facebook wrote, “Not a single department in our valley is without loopholes and there are serious problems in government sector but that doesn’t mean that for some personal grudges with a person, you can’t just start defaming a person and be a part of character assassination, a vilified campaign. Let the law take it’s own course.”

A local in Baramulla said that the district hospital Baramulla has witnessed a significant improvent under the administrative control of during the current Medical Superident, with many of its departments seeing tremendous expansion and improvement.

“From a mere hospital, it attained the status of Medical College with state-of-the-art infrastructure, machines. New labs and testing facilities have been installed. Lots of people got employment but few people having personal grudges can’t take system on a ride by starting vilifying campaigns against a competent officer,” he added.

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Rope in private hospitals to treat Covid-19 patients: DAK to authorities

(Asian News Hub) – As Covid-19 cases continue to rise unabated in Jammu and Kashmir, Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Thursday urged authorities to rope in private hospitals to treat corona patients. ​

“That would reduce the burden on government run hospitals,” said DAK President and influenza expert Dr Nisar ul Hassan.

“We are back in the eye of the storm, with the second wave of Covid-19 causing surge in cases and hospitalizations too,” he said.

“Virus has once again become dangerous and is behaving aggressively.”

“Today we have more patients in hospitals than what we saw during the first wave and we are finding it hard to cope with the rush of patients,” DAK President said.

“Hospitals are running full and are at the risk of becoming overwhelmed. Patients are struggling to get a bed in ICU. Even oxygen support beds are occupied and patients have to use cylinders to maintain their oxygen levels.”

“We should include private hospitals in the fight against Covid-19,” he said.

“There is an urgent need for private hospitals to take part in the management of Covid-19 patients.”

“That would ease the pressure on public hospitals, and would relieve the strained staff,” Dr Nisar said.

“For the past few weeks, cases have started rising and is now starting to reflect in the rising number of hospitalization.”

“The number is expected to rise further in coming days as there are still massive number of people in the population who are susceptible to the virus,” he said.

Hospitals should prepare for dealing with any eventuality,” Dr Nisar said.

“Public safety will depend on hospital preparedness.”

“Hospitals should have separate negative pressure isolation wards for corona patients,” he said.

“The negative pressure would prevent contaminated air from escaping the ward. These wards should have dedicated ventilators and HEPA filters that would reduce the risk of transmission of the virus. They should have separate entrance so that infected patients don’t risk other patients and staff in the hospital.”

“In order to ensure safe environment for patients, hospitals should adopt strict infection prevention and control measures and vaccination to staff,” said Dr Nisar.

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Beating of student in Pvt Coaching centre: CCAK constitutes committee to inquire matter

(Asian News Hub) – Following the incident of beating a student in Hope Classes, Coaching Centres Association of Kashmir (CCAK) on Wednesday constitutes a Committe to inquire the matter.

CCAK has termed the incident unfortunate and has expressed disappointment over the incident.

“It is unfortunate that such an incident has happened. The Association constituted a committee to look into the matter and recommend measures so that such incidents do not happen in future,” CCAK said in an statement.

It also states that the Association however is cautioning people especially social media users not to get swayed with the video without full knowledge.

“We condemn the incident but people should not read into it too much. Unfortunately a witch hunt has been launched by people against the teacher and the coaching institute, both of whom are known for their reputation,” CCAK spokesperson said.

The Association said that it will soon come out with guidelines to prevent such incidents.


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Lightning kills 25-yr-old youth in Ashmuqam

(Asian News Hub) – A 25-year-old youth was killed after being struck by lightning in Ashmuqam area of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Wednesday evening.

An official told that lighting struck at the residential house of Muhammad Shafi Wani, resulting in onspot death of his young son Junaid Shafi Wani of Thokerpora Siligam Ashmuqam.

The body was handed over to the victim’s family for the last rites after completing legal formalities, they added.


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